Coronavirus: 'Way too early' to predict end of outbreak, World Health Organization says

Henrietta Strickland
February 15, 2020

"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising". "It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks".

The WHO also notes that using animal species in names can create confusion, such as in 2009 when H1N1 was popularly referred to as "swine flu", which had a major impact on the pork industry, even though the disease was being spread by people rather than pigs. That's why reaching out to the public directly and telling them the precautions they should take.

World Health Organization emergencies programme chief Mike Ryan, director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland February 6, 2020. This will help WHO focus on the health response while the other agencies can bring their expertise to bear on the wider social, economic and developmental implications of the outbreak.

World Health Organization meeting on the virus: It is being said that the World Health Organization meeting on Coronavirus started on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, a two-day meeting in Geneva. The Verge pointed out that within a month of the virus being reported, the U.S.'s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started shipping diagnostic testing kits it developed to labs in the United States and internationally.

To fast-track the global research on the disease, a two-day WHO-coordinated research and innovation forum was held in Geneva on Tuesday to gather about 400 scientists and researchers as well as some 25 funders from around world to discuss a priority research agenda for the COVID-19 outbreak.

The new coronavirus infection has killed over 1,100 people and has sickened over 43,000, mostly in mainland China, but Tedros said "we have a realistic chance of stopping the #COVID19 outbreak". In the rest of the world, the figure was 441 cases, and one death. Outside China, there are 393 cases in 24 countries, with one death, the director-general added.

"WHO has sent supplies to countries to diagnose and treat patients and protect health workers".

In the meantime, he tweeted, "there's a lot we can do to prevent transmission and prepare for any further spread".

The statement was released on Tuesday by the World Health Organisation.

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